December 31, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Heavy vehicles pay larger toll on Pell bridge

RITBA plans to correct weight requirement

A small group of local motorists were surprised when they filled out their forms for the new E-ZPass system on the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, a surprise that some claim has amounted to an under the table rate hike by the Rhode Island Turnpike a More...

News

Islander retires from high sheriff position

Jamestown resident Joe Ford retired recently from his stint as Newport County Sheriff. He served seven years of a 10- year appointment as the county's sheriff and has worked for the state in a number of capacities for 32 years. More...

Beach riders

Maia White, left, and Chandler Neale were not concerned with the foggy, wet weather as they rode their bikes across the Mackerel Cove beach on Saturday. Photo by Vic Richardson More...

Book groups to discuss Saramago's 'Cave'

The next book to be read by the Jamestown Library Book Discussion Groups is "The Cave," by Jose Saramago. The group will discuss the book on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. More...

Letters to the Editor

Watson Celebration a great success

There are so many people to thank for the success of the fundraiser that celebrated the life of 11-year-old Payton Watson. It was the 12th birthday party that she wanted and would have planned for herself. More...

Concerts a seasonal success

On behalf of the Jamestown Community Chorus, I am writing to thank everyone who helped make our recent concert season such a success. More...

Union contract re-negotiations

I believe our best teachers are underpaid and that our very high per pupil costs come from other than teacher salaries. This must be remembered when we try to address a very serious problem. More...

Island Calendar

Island Calendar

Thursday Jan. 1 5:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Matthew's Church 8 p.m., Gamblers Anonymous, St. Lucy's Church, Middletown Friday Jan. 2 10 a.m., Gentle Yoga, Jamestown Country Club, fee 2 - 9 p.m. More...

The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

New Year resolutions: Keep a positive attitude - Marlene Murphy Provide more items of convenience for my customers - Ilesh Patel Quit smoking - Johnna Jamieson Start a walking program - Andrea Sherry Slow down and get some sleep - Karen More...

Obituaries

Anthony T. LaFazia, 82

Anthony T. "Skippy" LaFazia, 82, of Jamestown died peacefully Dec. 26, 2008 at home. He was the beloved husband of Isobel (Stephen) LaFazia for 56 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Thomas and Palma (LaMastro) LaFazia. More...

Kenny Barnes, 39

Kenny "Big Show" Barnes, 39, of Groveland, Fla. died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 in Florida. He was the husband of Tammy Barnes, formerly of Jamestown. Born in Norfolk, Va. More...

Legals

LEGAL NOTICES

CITATION STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT PETITION TO FORECLOSE TAX LIEN N. M. No. More...

Hundreds expected to take the plunge for Special Olympics

Attired in traditional black and white complete with bow tie, tomorrow hundreds of supporters of the Special Olympics will impersonate penguins and dive into the icy waters of Mackerel Cove for the Penguin Plunge. More...

Year in review

The year 2008 was full of headlines for Jamestown. Some of the news was sad, some celebratory and some a long time in coming. Here, in no particular order, we recap the biggest island news stories of the year. More...

Windy day

High winds on Tuesday kicked up waves and whitecaps across Dutch Harbor as a daysailor rests safely on the beach at Fort Getty. Photo by Jeff McDonough More...

Editorial

The time has come for E-ZPass

• VIEWPOINT •

Few drivers would complain about having an easier commute, and that's just what the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is hoping to achieve with the implementation of a new electronic toll system on its Newport Pell Bridge. More...

A look at the Town of Jamestown in 2009

• VIEWPOINT •

At the beginning of our term as Town Councilors, Town Administrator Bruce Keiser requested that we articulate in writing reachable goals for our time as members of the council. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Sam Bari

The last word on the last day

You can't beat a system you can't understand

Today is the last day of 2008. It is only fitting that the last column is dedicated to famous last words, since we will soon be uttering the last words of this trying year. More...

About Town

Chorus to begin spring singing

The Jamestown Community Chorus, now entering its 60th year, will begin rehearsals on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. for its spring concerts. Additional singers in all sections— soprano, alto, tenor, and bass—are invited to join. More...

Learn about geocaching at library

Join the Friends of the Jamestown Library on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. for a lively program on geocaching with guest presenter Chris Kracik. Kracik has been caching since 2004 as BBWolf of team BBWolf + 3 Pigs. More...

Bird count this Saturday

Due to the inclement weather forecast for last Saturday, the Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count has been rescheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 3. Interested birders should meet at the Jamestown Police Station at 7 a.m. More...

Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 31

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society. 100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 28, 1908 Rev. and Mrs. C. D. More...

News of Record

TOWN HALL RECORDS

Electrical permits Joe Dutra received a permit Dec. 22 to upgrade service to 200 amps at 20 Weeden Lane, work estimated to cost $2,250. Eric Archer received a permit Dec. More...

FIRE & EMS

9:28 a.m., Dec. 22, Car 1 and Engines 2 and 3 went to Watson Avenue for a good intent call. 3:52 a.m., Dec. 23, Car 2 and Engine 2 went to Spriketing Street for a carbon monoxide call. 11:01 a.m., Dec. More...

TOWN MEETINGS

Thursday & Friday, Jan. 1 & 2 Town offices closed for New Year's Day. Monday, Jan. 5 7 p.m., the Town Council meets. Wednesday, Jan. 7 3:30 p.m., Town Hall, the Bike Path Design Committee meets. Thursday, Jan. More...